The Lovecraft Collectors Library, Volume I: Selected Essays. Edited by George Wetzel [North Tonawanda, NY: SSR Publications, 1952] (26 pages) 1. Poetry And The Gods • by Anna Helen Crofts & Henry Paget-Lowe [pseudonym of H. P. Lovecraft] • [The United Amateur, v20n01, 1920-09] • Pages 5-10 2. Idealism And Materialism—A Reflection • by H. P. Lovecraft • [The United Amateur, v41n06, 1919-07] • Pages 11-18 3. A Confession Of Unfaith • by H. P. Lovecraft • [The Liberal, v01n02, 1922-02] • Pages 19-22
4. Nietscheism And Realism • H. P. Lovecraft • [Rainbow, v01n01, 1921-10] • Pages 23-26
Originally published between 1952 and 1955 as a series of seven fan-produced pamphlets, The Lovecraft Collectors Library is a collection of relatively obscure Lovecraftiana - including many essays, poems, and stories that had appeared (often pseudonymously) in rare amateur journals (and were little known even in HPL's lifetime), as well as early scholarship and literary criticism of Lovecraft and his work. All seven volumes were mimeographed from typewritten copy and bound in
side-stapled paper wrappers in an edition of 75 numbered copies.
They were published with the approval of August Derleth and edited by George
T. Wetzel (1921-1983) who was for decades one of the leading
researchers into the life and works of H. P. Lovecraft. Marion Zimmer
Bradley helped compose the third volume (a selection of Lovecraft's
Later, in February 1976, the remaining copies of The Lovecraft Collectors Library were provided as complete 227 page sets for the 13th Mailing for the E.O.D. (Esoteric Order Of Dagon,
an amateur press association group) by Scott Connors and R. Alain
Everts. An errata sheet for the seventh volume (the Lovecraft
bibliography) was prepared especially for this mailing by Robert E.
Briney and added to the volume.
In 1979, all seven volumes were reprinted in facsimile and bound together
as a single volume, with some additional material by R. Alain Evarts and
Robert E. Briney, by the Strange Company in an edition of 150 copies.
Today, both the original edition and the reprints are rare due to the small
number of copies printed and are sought after by Lovecraft collectors.
Note: I used Adobe Acrobat to create a navigation pane for the .pdf and
bookmarked the stories, poems, or essays for ease of access. With the
touch of your mouse pointer, you can instantly go to any story, poem, or
essay in the book. I also included in the bookmarks the pseudonym that
Lovecraft had used and the name of the amateur journal in which each of
the Lovecraft essays, poems, or stories had originated as well as the
volume number and publication date (where known).